Feb 7, 2017

How Spicer cleaned up Trump's Obamacare comment

Carolyn Kaster/AP

White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn't waste any time walking back President Trump's comments from this weekend about Obamacare repeal possibly lasting into next year. Here's what Spicer said at today's briefing:

I think we can have this done legislatively sooner rather than later, but the implementation might take a little bit longer.

What he was cleaning up: In a pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday, Trump told Bill O'Reilly that Obamacare repeal might take a while: "Maybe it'll take until sometime in next year." That set off a new round of stories about how badly the repeal effort was going.

Yes, but: For the legislation to pass "sooner rather than later," Republicans are going to have to release a bill and start working on it, and there's no sign that it will happen anytime soon.

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